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Dr. Henry J. Venter

Dr. Henry J. Venter
Assistant Professor
National University
(559) 930-3812

Dr. Venter is licensed psychologist in the State of California. His professional career has carried him to several places. Before arriving at NU, he worked at several institutions focused on research and counseling including as Founding Member and Executive Director of the Desmond Institute and Executive Director of Ginomai Inc. He completed his PhD and MA in psychology at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

His interest in and years of working with trauma in different fields, especially military and combat-related trauma, led to the co-development of a psychotherapeutic treatment model, Integrated Person-Centered and Existential Treatment (IPCE) for veterans with combat related PTSD based on the tenets of Victor Frank’s Logotherapy and Carl Rogers’ Person-Centered therapy. The treatment model goes beyond symptoms reduction and translates the tenets of Existential Theory and Person-Centered therapy into an effective, measurable, and replicable counseling process for the use in the treatment of serious psychological disorders.

His work in organization psychology led to the development of a model aimed at improving performance called the Optimal Functioning Critical Set.

He is now serving as lead faculty for the Psychology Department and Associate Professor of Psychology at the Woodland Hills campus.


Globalization and the New World Citizen: Maslow's Level of Self Transcendence. Venter, H. & Venter C. (2015) in Globalization and Responsibility: Challenges and Opportunities. Ed. Stefan Litz. Common Ground Publishing LLC. Champaign, Illinois, USA.


Validating the Integrated Person Centered and Existential Therapy Model (IPCE) for the Treatment of Combat Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (October, 2015). International Journal of Advances in Social Sciences and Humanities. Vol. 3. Iss.10. 15-23.

Facilitating Optimal Functioning in Organizations. (February, 2014) of Change Management: An International Journal. Vol 13.

Barriers to Psychiatric Care Among Military and Veteran Populations: The Effect of Stigma and Prejudice on Psychological and Pharmacological Treatment. (February, 2014) International Journal of Advances in Psychology. Vol. 3, Iss.1

Maslow’s Self-Transcendence: How It Can Enrich Organization Culture and Leadership (December, 2012). International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology. Vol. 2 No. 7; 64-71.


XVI World Congress of Psychiatry: "Focusing on Access, Quality and Human Care" Madrid, Spain, September 14-18, 2014 with a presentation in the Military Psychiatry division titled: Treating the signature injury of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars: Emerging guidelines for treatment of veterans presenting with comorbid PTSD and TBI.

The World Psychiatric Association’s 13th International Congress, October, 2013 in Vienna, Austria, with a paper titled: Barriers to psychiatric care among military and veterans populations in the US: The effect of stigma and prejudice, as part the Oral Communications Session on Stress & Anxiety Disorders.

The Fourteenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, 4-5 August 2014 with a presentation titled: Improving individual functioning in organizations: Validating the Optimal Functioning Critical Set.

The Thirteenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations, Vancouver, Canada, June, 2013 with a paper titled: Facilitating optimal functioning in organizations: The optimal functioning critical set

World Psychiatric Association’s 12th International Congress, October, 2012 in Prague, Czech republic with a paper titled: The role of dysfunctional meaning in non-compliance with pharmacotherapy among patients with combat-related PTSD, as part the of Oral Communications Session on Stress & Anxiety Disorders.


Ph.D. Psychology
Rand Afrikaans University